Friday, Dec. 20th – Newport, OR
Summary: Looks like we dodged the bullet again and, unlike much of Western Oregon, the Central Coast warmed above freezing this morning before the rain arrived about 6:30am. It was touch and go for a while as a brief clearing period last evening allowed temperatures to drop to right around 32F. Yesterday was wasn’t half-bad as we had filtered sunshine most of the day with thicker clouds rolling in around 3:00pm. Highs were in the mid-40s, and lows generally around the freezing mark. Light winds throughout the day.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 46F/33F
Forecast: Rain and wind are on tap for today, as first a warm front and then a cold front pass through our area. Highs should be warming to the upper 40s later today, with southwest winds increasing to 20-25 knots gusting to 30 or better. Tonight’s low, relatively warm, probably above 45F. Rainfall amounts from this current system could be an inch or better. Rain tapers off tomorrow, and temperatures a little cooler with a high of 45F or so. Down to the low 40s Saturday night. Outlook for Sunday is for a decreasing chance of rain and a high of 50F. Another, smaller weather disturbance comes through Monday for additional rain before things start breaking up with clearing skies and dry from late Tuesday on.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are currently below freezing with spots of ice, and a brief period of wet snow and sleet is expected this morning with accumulations up to an inch. Carry chains or traction tires. Warming temperatures and regular old rain should free the passes up by noon. Corvallis and Portland are expecting snow, sleet and/or freezing rain before noon, turning to all rain by early afternoon. For weekend travel, tomorrow looks fine, with a slight chance of snow or ice Saturday night in the Coast Range passes. Sunday, rain and above freezing temperatures on the Coast to Valley highways. Cascades passes could see 2-5 inches of snow today, mostly rain by tonight. The highways are already covered at Santiam Pass and Government Camp. Cascade snow level 5,500 feet dropping to the passes again on Saturday night. Warmer Sunday.
Marine: The wind has switched to the SSW 15 knots this morning in advance of the next storm system today, seas are low at 5 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are currently unrestricted. But everything changes quickly later this morning with a Gale Warning beginning at 9:00am for winds building to a solid 20-25 knots gusting 30-35, seas building through the day to 10 feet. Tonight, winds veering to NW and down to 15-20 knots gusting 30, seas near 12 feet. On Saturday, NW winds 15-20 knots, seas up to 13 feet. Outlook is for light westerlies Sunday and Sunday night, seas subsiding to 8-9 feet. Monday and Tuesday NW wind 10-15 knots, seas 8 feet.
On the Beach… Rainy, windy, surf 5 feet and building, highest over the weekend.
12/20 Fri 01:14 PM 8.28 H
12/20 Fri 08:09 PM -0.05 L
12/21 Sat 03:01 AM 7.42 H
12/21 Sat 08:16 AM 3.66 L
In Short: Rainy, windy, showers, then eventual clearing.
White Christmas Countdown: Dec. 24th-25th — Eve, mostly clear, low 36F; Day, partly cloudy, high 47F.